Man on trial for stabbing taxi driver

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A RUSSIAN man faces a five-year-and-11-month prison sentence if found guilty of attempted murder and robbery.

He allegedly stabbed a taxi driver six times in August 2009.

The accused got into the taxi in Benidorm and asked to be taken to Murcia for €150. After stopping at a gas station in El Chorrico in Molino de Segura he allegedly put a knife to the driver’s neck, drawing blood. When the driver realized his passenger had a knife in his hand, he ran out of the car calling for help while being pursued by his passenger.

The accused reportedly caught up with the driver and stabbed him twice in the back, another in the shoulder blade and another in his side.Turning to defend himself the driver was then stabbed twice in the chest. A third person came to the rescue and managed to pull the passenger off the driver.The passenger then got into the taxi and drove off.

He was arrested the next day in Callosa de Segura at the Vega Baja San Bartolome Hospital in Orihuela.

The stolen taxi was also recovered.

The victim’s injures could have been fatal if he had not received surgery, according to the prosecutor.

The prosecutor has asked that the accused be given a restraining order and not be allowed to contact the victim for nine years and pay more than €1,800 compensation.

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